Mary Scheer (born March 19, 1963) is an American actress, comedian, screenwriter and producer. She is best known as one of the original cast members of the sketch comedy series MADtv and for playing Freddie's mother, Marissa Benson, on iCarly. She also played Alice the Zookeeper on The Penguins of Madagascar. She plays Gladys on Disney Channel's TV series, "Bunk'd".


She is known for playing crazy women in sitcoms and movies.


Scheer was one of the original nine cast members of MADtv when the series debuted in 1995. She came to the show with a background in sketch comedy from her Groundling days. During her tenure, Scheer developed characters like chain smoker Mrs. Jewel Barone, Cabana Chat host Dixie Wetsworth, Connie Linder, Debbie Dander, Lily Don, and Mrs. Vigor (Killer Grandma).

Scheer also performed impressions of celebrities and public figures during her tenure on MADtv, some of which included U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Griffin, Mary Tyler Moore, Melissa Joan Hart, Ashley Olsen, Candice Bergen, Fran Drescher, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Thompson, Frances Bavier, Irene Vernon, Ashley Judd and Barbara Feldon. Other impersonations include Barbra Streisand in the MADtv spoof video "Terms Of Imprisonment", where she portrays Streisand as an egomaniac who abuses her co-star, Whitney Houston and Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully in the "XXX Files" sketch. During the second season, Scheer became visibly pregnant and continued to perform on the show. After giving birth, Scheer finished the second and third seasons before leaving in 1998.


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Catch phraseNotes
Mrs. Jewel BaroneThe Smoker1"Oh yeah, there it is."She is a habitual smoker who seems to have a negative effect on everyone around her (physically and mentally) because of her smoking.
Dixie WetsworthCabana Chat2"You like? I like."She is an aging talk show host who has undergone several plastic surgeries.
Connie LinderJoel & Connie1
Debbie Dander1
Lily DonJoe & Lily Don1
Mrs. VigorKiller Grandma1

Other projects

Besides MADtv, Scheer has appeared in several television shows. Her credits include Reno 911!, Primetime Glick, X-Chromosome, Free Ride, and Dropping Out. She had a recurring role on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly as Marissa Benson, the extremely overprotective mother of Nathan Kress's character Freddie Benson. The show ran from September 8, 2007 to November 23, 2012.

After leaving MADtv, she appeared in the films Elvira's Haunted Hills, The New Women Chump Change, and It Can Always Get Worse Kathy from 2001-05. She is most currently starring as Gladys, the grumpy, lonely camp director of Camp Kikiwaka in "Bunk'd".

Besides onscreen appearances, Scheer has become a voice actress, lending her voice to numerous commercials and several animated projects like Family Guy and King of the Hill. Scheer's voice also appears in the animated feature film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Scheer performed all female voices in Spike TV's humorous game show MXC (she was credited as portraying Everygirl). In season four, she became MXC's supervising producer.

Scheer also appeared on the Jennette McCurdy web series What's Next for Sarah? as Sarah's therapist.



1988The New Adventures of Pippi LongstockingAmerican Dubbing Team
1989–97L.A. on $5 a DayHomeless Woman
1991The Chick's a DickSnapdragon
1994It's PatNurse
1995Ding DongDoris Pritt
1995Not of This EarthSaleswoman
1995The New WomenNancy
2000Chump ChangeAgent #2
2005It Can Always Get WorseKathy


1993Quantum LeapOther WomanEpisode: "Dr. Ruth - April 25, 1985"
1994Beverly Hills, 90210Marcia Ramsden
1995Party of FiveMs. Shaver
1995–1998MADtvVarious charactersSketch comedy series; credited in 66 episodes
1995, 1998SeinfeldMrs. Smoth / Joan2 episodes
1998–2005All ThatVarious
2000Dropping OutBetty Brockton
2001Primetime GlickVarious Characters
2003Reno 911!Tina the Daycare Owner
2006Free RideLouise
2007–2012iCarlyMarissa BensonRecurring role; 33 episodes
2007Halfway HomeAlan's WifeEpisode: "Halfway Innocent"
2007The Suite Life of Zack & CodyMs. Laura BirdEpisode: "Summer Of Our Discontent"
2008iGo to JapanMarissa BensonTV movie; supporting role
2009Hannah MontanaNormaEpisode: "Can't Get Home To You Girl"
2010Good Luck CharliePatriciaEpisode: "Teddy's Broken Heart Club Band"
2014Sam & CatMarissa BensonEpisode: "#TheKillerTunaJump:#Freddie #Jade #Robbie"
20142 Broke GirlsLoisEpisode: "And the Dumpster Sex"
2015–presentBunk'dGladysRecurring role; 13 episodes
2016Life in PiecesMarta PigeonEpisode: "Hair Recital Rainbow Mom"
2017Julie's GreenroomGroundlings Theater DirectorEpisode: "Morning at the Improv"

Voice acting appearances

1997Lands of Lore: Guardians of DestinyVarious CharactersVideo game
1997–2002King of the HillMs. Bittner / Bank Teller / Gracie2 episodes
1999Family GuyAnn Landers /Mary / Mother
2000Batman Beyond: Return of the JokerMrs. DrakeAnimated action series
2000Hey Arnold!Suzie KokoshkaAnimated children's series
2003MXCFemale voices ("Everygirl")Formerly Most Extreme Elimination Challenge
2009–2015The Penguins of MadagascarAlice the Zookeeper, Machine Voice, Female Doctor, additional voicesCGI animated series

Web series

2014What's Next for Sarah?Sarah's therapistAlso plays other characters